Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone has been having a great week so far and are nose deep in crochet orders, creating new crochet projects and busy crocheting gifts! So if you haven't figured out the purpose this blog yet, it's to keep you inspired on learning how to read crochet vintage patterns and how easy it can be. I am nowhere near of being an expert crocheter even though I've been crocheting since 2002 and I am still learning. Every time I pick up one of these old crochet patterns, I just never know how it is going to turn out. And I've got a huge stack of them all planned out, but this week I went back to my Star Book No.43 Baby Book. This Pattern download is called "Crocheted Soaker" and it's truly the cutest Diaper Covers I think I've ever seen!
If you download the pattern, you will see a couple of things (in red) I did change in order for to it to be Newborn size-up to 7 lbs (in order to use my yarn of choice.) :
1. I used a 3.25mm crochet hook along with Baby Bee Sweet Delight Yarn.
*Note : Remember, you can always use a bigger hook to create a bigger Soaker.
2. I made the waistband approximately 12.5" long (*not noted on the pattern download-pic2)
3. I crocheted in the Back Loop Only every row of the waistband (to create the ribbing).
4. I whip stitched with my hook and not a whip stitch needle. (pic 3)
Once the waistband is complete, I single crocheted around the waistband on the right side of the crochet piece before starting the simple Griddle Stitch. Once you've created the edged border, you will keep crocheting/decreasing each row until you are left with 2 stitches on your hook (pictures 1 & 2 photos below). Before whip stitching together, I single crocheted all around the bottom piece (pictured 1 & 2 photos below). Turning the crochet piece inside out, I whip stitched the soaker together-I measured 1.5" instead of the 5.5" per Pattern instructions. I simply measured/counted the stitches which is 6 and just stitched it up to the tip, whip stitched down the other side-counting 6 stitches again then once more all across the top. (pictures 3-5 in the photos below).
Last change, I crocheted a cord 30" instead of 20" and of course added my poms!
As I stated in my IG post regarding this pattern... how sweet would it be to give a few of these as a gift with a few boxes of pampers to the new mom in your life? I really love that idea so much, I really want to do this for someone. Until I am able to do that, I am considering adding a set or two to my Etsy with some matching mittens. This pattern really inspired me to create my own pattern, but we will see how that goes!
I really hope y'all enjoy this one! In my never-ending quest to find the perfect Diaper Cover, I've never stumbled upon anything quite like this one! Unfortunately, my photos do not give this little crochet piece the justice it deserves and I do apologize. You should make it and see what I mean though.. super cute, adorable and not hard at all!
Until next time-Keep Croch-yayin'!!!
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